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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Oct 8, 2010 12:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Great American Music Hall 1975

From the classic Bill Graham introduction, to the ripping Help On The Way>Slipknot>Franklins opener, a stand-out Eyes Of The World, and a Full On Blues For Allah Masterpiece, complete with crickets and other odd sorts - this might get my vote for the best Show ever - Over-rated? No! Over-played? Yes! But, still the bell-weather test for a classic show with superior sound mixing...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 8, 2010 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

Everything you said, and more!

Absolutely one of the all-time greats. A timeless classic. If there is a tighter Grateful Dead performance, I have not heard it. The sound quality was perfect when I listened to this over and over on a Sony cassette Walkman as a college Freshman in 1981.

This performance is so exciting, it makes me sad that there were not more shows in 1975...

This post was modified by Cliff Hucker on 2010-10-08 13:45:33

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 8, 2010 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

It's funny--hearing the guy in the AUD yell "TIGHT!" made us all wonder at the time "WTF?" (can't recall when you hear it, or if you do on the OFTV issue; after the first tune on the tape if I recall--first break in music). Just in the sense of it not being the norm for an AUD member to yell that word at a DEAD concert. It has to be the cleanest sounding tape I ever owned...

The playing WAS defn TIGHT...we wondered if it had as much to do with the hiatus as with the new record label approach, or at least plans along that line.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Oct 8, 2010 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

One of the best tapes I ever owned and funny thing is the cd is sitting on my desk in front of me as I post, only one in the room!

We had about two years left of this kind of passion, then more mediocrity than majic most of the time, yes, that "subject' again.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Oct 8, 2010 4:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

Certainly one of my most favorite shows Cap'n.
Had this one way back when as the Make Believe Ballroom boot. Probably have listened to this one more than any other single show.
Still contains the best ever Franklin's!!

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Oct 8, 2010 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

I am probably alone (or nearly alone) on this but I actually prefer the Lindley Meadows show for 1975. Little looser, little more laid back.

That said, the Music Hall show is certainly one of the all time greats. I wore out two cassette copies back in the 80s and OFTV is among my most frequently played official releases.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 8, 2010 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

I am right there with ya SB...when I speak of such things that is (post 71); as noted by CLIFF, GAMH is almost "too tight" and the Sept show was a bit more of the "usual". Many of us that yr that went to or listened to all four big live shows, agreed that GAMH stood apart, and we actually preferred the Jun and Sep shows (of course, in part, cause we were there).

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 8, 2010 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

I dont think you are alone in prefering 9/28/75. I think quite a few heads agree with you. At one time, I also thought the Golden Gate Park show was superior, mainly due to its rather cool/loose vibe and more improvisational nature. The band took more chances at the out-door gig, and it paid off, reflected some compelling jams.

But I now recognize 8/13/75 as a truely flawless performance. A historic treasure that has held up much better than the Lindley Meadows show over the years. Also, it represents the high-mark in sound quality for the Grateful Dead's entire catalogue.

They are both superb performances, and I so wish that we had more music from 1975!

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Poster: BVD Date: Oct 8, 2010 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

I remember taping this show off WNEW in NYC when I was still living in Queens all those years ago. Talk about standing the test of time!?! Brilliant performance. Ilove how the guys are introduced while they are beginning to play behing Bill's intro. Gives me goosebumps everytime!

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Poster: WillCo Date: Oct 8, 2010 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

"This represents the beginning of the release of the vault tapes. More to come, D. Healy".

'Nuff said.

Only thing is: it's almost too sad for me to look at, or hear, these CDs any more. In summer 1995 I took them with me on holiday to Banyalbufar in Majorca; played them a lot - indeed dreamed one night that I'd found the Holy Grail: some huge store selling nothing but GD music and memorabilia; with the morning's first waking breath the radio news was announcing that Jerry had died. That sunny afternoon I privately listened to the whole of OFTV again and wept, looking past the tomato terraces at the Mediterranean sea.

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Poster: Ole Uncle John Date: Oct 8, 2010 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

Even had they played 200 plus shows this year it would have been a show of the year. Classic playing, set list and one of the best introductions EVER.

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Poster: ice9freak Date: Oct 8, 2010 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

Couldn't agree more. People tend to toss around "one for the ages" and "epic" a bit too much for my taste, but this show is more than deserving of such laurels. What's great about is that it's a good gateway show, too. It was one of the first "full shows" I got my hands on (as OFTV, naturally) and remains a favorite to play for open minds interested in hearing a start-to-finish show of pure Dead.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 8, 2010 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great American Music Hall 1975

Show contains what will always be the best live rendition of "Help>Slip>Franklin's" EVER (and that includes the monsters of 5/9 and 6/9/77 which are great but contain flaws in the lyrics and too-long Franklin's sections that meander a bit too much at the end.

You could also make a strong argument that GAMH '75 has the best live "Crazy Fingers" ever as well.

Definitely not a show that can be called overrated.

*-Other standouts that tend to get overlooked in this show: "Big River" and a ripping "GDTRFB."